July 26th: On this day
1962, Frank Ifield was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Remember You’. The singers first of four UK No.1’s.
1962, The Beatles appeared at Cambridge Hall, Southport, Lancashire supporting of Joe Brown & the Bruvvers.
1968, The Jackson Five signed a one-year contract with Motown Records. They made history in 1970 as the first recording act to have their first four singles to reach No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100, with the songs being ‘I Want You Back’, ‘ABC’, ‘The Love You Save’ and ‘I’ll Be There’.
1970, Jimi Hendrix played in his home town of Seattle for the last time when he appeared at Sicks Stadium.
1974, Graffiti artists were hired to spray paint sites in London to promote the UK release of The Rolling Stones new single ‘It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll’.
1974, The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts with The Eagles as the support band.
1975, The Eagles started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘One Of These Nights’.
1975, Van McCoy and the Soul City went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Hustle’, his only US chart hit, it made No.3 in the UK. McCoy died on 6th July 1979.
1977, Elvis Costello was arrested as he performed outside a CBS Records sales conference at The London Hilton Hotel and was fined £5.
1977, Led Zeppelin cut short their 11th North American tour after Robert Plant’s five-year-old-son Karac died unexpectedly of a virus at their home in England, UK.
1980, US disco group Odyssey were at No.1 in the UK with the single ‘Use It Up And Wear It Out’, their only UK No.1.
1980, The Rolling Stones started a seven week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Emotional Rescue’, the group’s eighth US No.1. Emotional Rescue was the first Rolling Stones album recorded following Keith Richards’ exoneration from a Toronto drugs charge that could have landed him in jail for years.
1980, Rainbow, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Saxon, April Wine and Riot all appeared at the Monsters Of Rock festival, Donington Park, England, tickets £7.50.
1986, Peter Gabriel went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sledgehammer’, a No.4 hit in the UK. The song’s music video has won a number of awards, including a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, and Best British Video at the 1987 Brit Awards. Gabriel was also nominated for three Grammy Awards. As of 2011, ‘Sledgehammer’ is the most played music video in the history of MTV.
1990, Brent Mydland from The Grateful Dead was found dead on the floor of his home aged 38 from a drug overdose.
1992, American singer and Motown artist, Mary Wells, referred to as The First Lady of Motown and who had a 1964 US No. 1 and UK No. 5 single ‘My Guy’, died aged 49 of laryngeal cancer. Wells was forced to give up her career and with no health insurance, was forced to sell her home, Wells’ old Motown friends including Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, The Temptations and Martha Reeves, along with Dionne Warwick, Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin and Bonnie Raitt, personally pledged donations in support.
1997, It was reported that eight people who had attended this years Glastonbury Festival had been admitted to hospital after contracting the E-Coll bug which had claimed the lives of 22 people in Scotland earlier in the year.
1997, Puff Daddy and Faith Evans went back to No.1 on the UK singles chart for another three weeks with ‘I’ll Be Missing You’.
2000, Oasis were booed of stage during a show at the Paleo Festival in Switzerland after singer Liam Gallagher had insulted the 35,000 strong audience.
2000, The celebrity management company Cassandra left dozens of acts out of pocket when it was rocked by fraud charges, filing for bankruptcy at the Manhattan Bankruptcy Court. Clients included Alanis Morissette, Pish and Afghan Wiggs.
2001, Catatonia singer Cerys Matthews was admitted to a rehabiliation centre, after collapsing with exhaustion. Her record company said the Welsh singer was “receiving treatment for exhaustion and a recurrent asthma complaint – both of which have been exacerbated by drinking and smoking”.
2006, The guitar on which Sir Paul McCartney learned his first chords sold for £330,000 at an auction at London’s Abbey Road Studios. The Rex acoustic guitar helped McCartney persuade John Lennon to let him join his band, The Quarrymen, in 1957.
2006, The final edition of Top Of The Pops was recorded at BBC Television Centre in London. Just under 200 members of the public were in the audience for the show which was co-hosted by veteran disc jockey Sir Jimmy Savile, its very first presenter. Classic performances from the Spice Girls, Wham, Madonna, Beyonce Knowles and Robbie Williams featured in the show alongside The Rolling Stones who were the very first band to appear on Top of the Pops on New Year’s Day in 1964.
2006, Jeffrey Borer and Arvel Jett Reeves pleaded guilty to secretly videotaping Michael Jackson as he flew to Santa Barbara, California, to surrender in a child-molestation investigation. The two men admitted they installed two digital video recorders to record Jackson and his lawyer as the pair was traveling on a private jet from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara in November 2003.
2008, Klaxons singer Jamie Reynolds postponed the group’s Australian tour dates after he broke his leg at a gig in France. The bands singer said he “drastically misjudged” the distance when he jumped from the stage during their final song in the set.
2009, AC/DC singer Brian Johnson appeared as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car on the BBC television programme Top Gear. His time of 1:45.9 tied him with Simon Cowell for the second fastest time. He was introduced by host Jeremy Clarkson as “a man who has sold more albums than The Beatles and I bet almost none of [the audience] have ever heard of him.”
2013, US singer-songwriter JJ Cale died of a heart attack at the age of 74. He became famous in 1970, when Eric Clapton covered his song ‘After Midnight’. In 1977 Clapton also popularised Cale’s ‘Cocaine’. The two worked together on an album which won a Grammy award in 2008.
July 26th: Born on this day
1941, Born on this day, Bobby Hebb, US singer, (1966 US No.2 and UK No.12 single ‘Sunny’). The song was written about Bobby’s brother, who had been killed by a mugger in 1963, and started out as an album filler until it was picked for a single release.
1941, Born on this day, Neil Landon, The Flowerpot Men, (1967 UK No.4 single ‘Let’s Go To San Francisco’), The Ivy League, (1965 UK No.3 single ‘Tossing and Turning’).
1941, Born on this day, Darlene Love, The Crystals, (1962 US No.1 single ‘He’s A Rebel’, 1963 UK No.2 single ‘Then He Kissed Me’).
1942, Born on this day, Dobie Gray, US singer, (1965 US No.13 and UK No.25 single ‘The In Crowd’, 1973 US No.5 single ‘Drift Away’).
1943, Born on this day, Mick Jagger, vocals, The Rolling Stones, (1969 UK & US No.1 single ‘Honky Tonk Women’, and over 35 UK & US Top 40 singles and albums). Solo (1985 UK No.1 single with David Bowie ‘Dancing In The Street’). 1985 UK No. 6 solo album ‘She’s The Boss.’ In 2003 he was knighted for his services to popular music and in early 2009 he joined the electric supergroup SuperHeavy.
1949, Born on this day, Roger Taylor, drums, vocals, Queen, (1975 UK No.1 single ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ also UK No.1 in 1991, plus over 40 other UK Top 40 singles, 1980 US No.1 single ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’). Also a member of The Cross.
1961, Born on this day, Gary Cherone, vocals, Extreme, (1991 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘More Than Words’). Also toured and recorded with Van Halen.
1961, Born on this day, Andy Connell, Swing Out Sister, (1986 UK No.4 single ‘Breakout’).
1962, Born on this day, Miranda Joyce, vocals, The Belle Stars, (1983 UK No.3 single ‘Sign Of The Times’).
1963, Born on this day, Scott Francis Crago, American session drummer, worked with The Eagles since 1994 as well as Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Bryan Adams, Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Bob Seger and Chris Isaak.
1967, Born on this day, Tim Barnwell, DJ Headliner, Arrested Development, (1992 US No.8 & UK No.2 single ‘People Everyday’).
1980, Born on this day, Dave ‘Brown Sound’ Baksh, guitar, Sum 41, (2001 UK No 13 single ‘In Too Deep’). Quit Sum 41 in 2006 to pursue his career with his second band Brown Brigade and The Organ Thieves.
1993, Born on this day, Taylor Momsen, American singer, songwriter with The Pretty Reckless who released their debut album Light Me Up in 2010.